With casting now in full swing for Marvel’s Black Panther a possible character list has also seemed to have hit the internet from Movie Casting Call . Chadwick Boseman will star as T’Challa the Black Panther and king of Wakanda.
Besides Chadwick Boseman, no actors have been officially announced for the solo project. Even characters we assume to be in the film like Ulysses Klaue played by Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman‘s US State Department Everett K. Ross (becomes head of an envoy to Wakanda) will return, the casting-call seeming backs this up.
German actress Florence Kasumba, who played one of the Dora Milaje in Captain America: Civil War might be returning as well. Florence will have a small role in the upcoming Wonder Woman film.
So far, the only new possible additions have been Luptia Nyong’o and Micheal B Jordan, who are up for unnamed roles in the film directed by Creed director Ryan Coogler.
UPDATE: John Boyega had been speculated (not even rumored) for a role, but was quickly denied by his representation along with sites like Birth.Movies.Death and The Hollywood Reporter going out of their way to debunk it.
But I have some bad news: Boyega is not in talks to appear in Black Panther. I have now spoken to three sources within Marvel and all agree – they’d love to do something with Boyega, but as of right now that’s not Black Panther.
My client @JohnBoyega will not be starring in Black Panther. Now for the news…
— MR FEMI OGUNS (MBE) (@MrFemiOguns) May 19, 2016
Nothing says he won’t take a Marvel role in the future, it just doesn’t seem like Panther is the one for him, likely because when Black Panther is expected to begin shooting next year might conflict with the production of Colin Trevorrow’s production of Star Wars: Episode IX.
John had also been campaigning to play the new Blade a while back, if we’re indeed getting a Netflix series or movie that might be the kind of Marvel commitment he might be able to handle. Since they could work around his schedule, rather than a hardline release date.
Check out the following character casting-call, but keep in mind this hasn’t been confirmed by other sources. The only thing that sets off alarms for me is that there are four major Black Panther villains here, which seems odd since this is the first film in a possible trilogy, but they might want to setup them up early to really explore it’s mythology.
I’d also like to point-out that Klaw is misspelled here, when it was clearly changed to Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
ULYSSES KLAW – (Played by Andy Serkis) Murderer and betrayer of T’Chaka and personal archenemy of T’Challa. A powerhouse with near-absolute control of sound.
MONICA LYNNE – (Possibly played by Luptia Nyong’o) A singer who saved T’Challa from drowning after being bested by Killmonger. His longest love interest, whom he pledged eternal devotion towards.
EVERETT K. ROSS – (Played by Martin Freeman) A Untied States State Department employee, whose job was to escort foreign diplomats on American soil. His world changed forever when he was assigned to T’Challa, the Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda.
N’GASSI – Advisor to T’Challa, acting regent when he goes away on missions.
OKOYE – One of the former Dora Milaje, a ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard of T’Challa. Okoye is of the J’Kuwali tribe and acted as a traditional, proper concomitant to the king, speaking only to the king and only is Hausa, an African dialect not widley spoken in Wakanda and thus affording the king and his wives a measure of privacy.
QUEEN DIVINE JUSTICE – The street-smart queen of the Jabari tribe of Wakanda raised in Chicago and former Dora Milaje (ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard) of T’Challa.
ZURI – A grumpy and gigantic elderly warrior. A close friend of the late T’Chaka and one of T’Challa’s most trusted advisors.
ACHEBE/REVERAND ACHEBE – A poor farmer somewhere in South Africa, Achebe sold his soul to the demon Mephisto. He is portrayed as a grinning, unpredictable, lunatic, warrior-mystic, regularly talking to his hand-puppet Daki with delusions that it is truly alive and engineering complex plots of social unrest for profit or entertainment.
ERIK KILLMONGER – A powerful warrior and strategic genius in politics and economics.
MALICE – Wakandan Mutate with superhuman strength, speed and agility. She is a former Dora Milaje (Betrothed/bodyguard) of T’Challa.
MAN-APE – Ruler of the Jabari Tribe a recognized micronation within Wakanda’s borders. M’Baku was Wakanda’s greatest warrior second only to the Black Panther. He plotted to usurp then throne with the outlawed White Gorilla cult who was ancient rivals of the Black Panther cult, which basically made them heretics since Panther worship is the state religion. Founding member of the “Pan African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans”.
WHITE WOLF – T’Challa’s adopted elder brother and former leader of the Hatut Zeraze, the espionage elite police of Wakanda. Exiled by T’Challa, due to his torture and assassinations in his zeal to root out potential threats to national security.
The site does stress this is only a partial character list and not the entire thing…
Black Panther hits February 2018